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MORE ON TNA-AJ STYLES, BIG NAME NOT AT IMPACT LAST NIGHT AND MORE BACKSTAGE NOTES

By Mike Johnson on 2013-08-30 13:16:41
As Dave noted this morning on the site, TNA and AJ Styles have agreed to a short term contract extension. One source told me this morning it's a deal that will take the two sides a little past Bound for Glory. They will continue negotiations for a longer deal, but as Dave has written, it's going to be money that tells the tale of whether Styles stays or not.

TNA has posted Styles' promo from last night on Impact, which was really, really good and has a lot of truth to it about the company always coming back to him in the end:

One person who didn't hear Styles' message (at least not live when it happened) was TNA President Dixie Carter, who was not in attendance at last night's taping. We heard from one reader that believes she spotted Carter at last night's Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss college football game, but we can't 100% confirm that. As I wrote yesterday, there were people in the company waiting to see how Carter interacted with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff after Hogan's comments in Toronto. They will have to wait until the No Surrender TV taping on 9/12.

Magnus, who was pulled from the taping due to the travel time he needed to return from the UK after getting his new work visa, actually arrived in Cleveland just after the taping began and was backstage most of last night. That's how he was able to work next week's taping.

In regard to the BFG Series, we are told that the plan was never to make the tournament a full-fledged round robin tournament this year where everyone faces everyone in Series matches. Since the company had cut back on the number of events it was running, they never would have had enough time, so it was never in the cards - as opposed to a change made mid-stream.

Devon's deal with the company expires in October.

There were a few people really happy with the media blitz the company did over the last few days leading last night's taping, feeling it helped with the walk-up ticket sales for the taping.

Announced for the company's 9/6 house show in Newark, Delaware:

*TNA champ Bully Ray vs. AJ Styles
*Chris Sabin vs. Bobby Roode
*Magnus vs. Mr. Anderson
*TNA Tag champs James Storm & Gunner vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian
*X-Division champion Manik vs. Sonjay Dutt

SouthernPigskin.com announced that Hulk Hogan will be a celebrity game picker for the 2013 edition of the Southern Pigskin College Football Pick'em. If you are an Elite members, Dave Scherer will be doing our own annual NFL Pick'Em game as well.

Austin Aries was interviewed by the Hagerstown Herald-Mail to promote tonight's house show at this link. Aries noted that he felt far more polished in this TNA run as a performer and returned wanting to do his best.

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